India has activated a dozen ‘laser walls’ along the border with Pakistan in Punjab to check cross-border infiltration into its territory and plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain.

Eight infrared laser beam intrusion detection systems were made operational along the many vulnerable and sensitive areas of the international border, a senior official of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said, according to the Times of India. The official claimed four more devices of the same kind will be set up in the upcoming days.

 

The “laser walls” or fence are being monitored by the BSF which guards the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.

The decision to install these laser walls was taken by the BSF two years ago keeping in mind the vulnerability of the border in these areas as barbed wire fencing could not be installed in many infiltration prone areas due to treacherous terrain or low riverine topography.

After the Pathankot terror attack, where it was suspected that terrorists crossed over from Pakistan by breaching the border from Bamiyan area in Punjab, Union home ministry, and BSF sped up the deployment and activation of these walls along the long and winding border.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi wrote two letters dated September 4 and 9 to the UNSC. In the September 9 letter to UNSC President Vitaly Churkin, Lodhi expressed “deep concern” at the plan by India to construct a 10-metre-high and 135-feet-wide bank (wall) along the 197km boundary between Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan. In the letter, Lodhi said Pakistan “considers the bank a permanent structure that will bring about a material change in the territory in violation inter alia of Security Council resolution of 1948.

“The state of Jammu & Kashmir is internationally recognised disputed territory with a number of United Nations security council resolutions on the official status of Jammu & Kashmir awaiting implementation,” Lodhi said.

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